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RRP: GBP 9.95
ISBN: 978 1 847774 83 5
Categories: 21st Century, African
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 2014
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Gumiguru is the tenth month of the Shona calendar – a month of dryness and heat before the first rains fall and rejuvenate the land. Togara Muzanenhamo’s second collection is a cycle of poems distilling the experiences of a decade into one calendar year, framed through the natural and agricultural landscapes of Zimbabwe. The book stands as both an elegy for the poet’s father and a hymn to the veldt, the farms and villages, and the men and women whose lives are interwoven with the land and the changing seasons.
Awards won by Togara Muzanenhamo Runner-up, 2015 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry (Gumiguru)
'Togara Muzanenhamo's second collection, named for the hot and dry tenth month of the Shona calendar, is a harsh but heartfelt tribute to the people and landscapes of the author's native Zimbabwe [...] this poet has a rare gift and should be admired for the risks he takes, which have enabled him to write some unusual, moving and yet understated poems about conflict, love and work'
Times Literary Supplement, 16.10.2015.
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